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Hull City will be missing influential midfielder Robbie Brady for approximately a month as he recovers from hernia surgery.

Robbie Brady has been an attacking spark for Hull City as they have enjoyed a strong first six weeks of the Premier League season. Steve Bruce's men will have to cope without the Ireland international for the month of October. Fantasy managers will be just as frustrated as Bruce as Brady has been very productive for a bargain price thus far and many likely own him at a discount. Given the length of the absence it is probably not worth keeping Brady on the bench while he recovers. One positive consequence may be additional set piece duties for Tom Huddlestone which will increase his value.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 02:30:00 PM

Unsurprisingly, the future of Jordan Pickford has been afforded a lot of column inches recently with West Ham being the latest club linked to the Sunderland stopper.

The 23-year-old started the 2016/17 campaign as second choice to Vito Mannone, but following a serious elbow injury in August, Pickford grabbed his chance to shine as the Black Cats number one and hasn’t looked back. Pickford was one of six candidates nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year award, but despite missing out on the big prize, he did pick up an award for North East Young Player [from the Football Writers’ Association] and the supporters Young Player of the Year. His performances haven’t gone unnoticed, and following Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship, Pickford is expected to leave the Stadium of Light. Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton have all been linked with the future England star and now it seems as if West Ham would like to join the party with Adrian plus cash being dangled to tempt the manager less Black Cats to part with their prize asset.
Source: Clubcall
May 28 - 2:37 PM

Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela has hit back at Eintracht Frankfurt after he was suspended and fined by the club for getting a tattoo against the wishes of coach Niko Kovac.

News broke earlier this week that the 24-year-old would be returning to United, his parent club with immediate effect, a move which meant the Uruguayan would miss this weekend’s DFB Pokal final. In an official statement, Frankfurt announced that Varela’s arm had become infected and that he would head back to Manchester effectively bringing an end to his season long loan deal. But Varela has hit back at the club’s handling of the situation: "I've been nailed to the cross as if I'd violently attacked the coach or done something else," he told German magazine Sueddeutsche Zeitung. "I wonder what Real Madrid would have to do with Sergio Ramos. He gets tattooed every week. I can't explain why I've been punished so hard." Varela went onto add that he would "never do anything to harm my team" and that he feels his name has been "besmirched" as a consequence.
Source: Fox Sports
May 28 - 1:30 PM

Mino Raiola, the agent of Zlatan Ibrahimović, insists the Swedish superstar is still attracting a lot of interest despite being currently sidelined by a serious knee injury.

Ibrahimović ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in April, and following reconstruction surgery in the United States earlier this month, he is expected to miss the remainder of 2017. However, amid suggestion that he may never play competitively again, Raiola believes his client still has at least one more season in him, most likely within Europe, although there are no guarantees that it will be at United. Zlatan stalled on signing a one year extension to his current deal, which means he will become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June. "I do not know if he will stay at Manchester United, many clubs want him," Raiola told Sky Sports. "Ibrahimović will certainly play for another season or probably two. We will talk about his future. He has many offers, certainly he will stay in Europe."
Source: Sportinglife
May 28 - 2:09 PM

Led by goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium to win the 2016-17 FA Cup title.

After a season that saw the club and manager heavily criticized for finishing fifth in the league there was a silver lining in the form of an FA Cup title. Not only did the Gunners best league champions Chelsea but they were the better side for long stretches of the match. They could have easily scored five on the day with Ramsey, Ozil, and Welbeck going close in addition to the two goals they did score. The win was all the more impressive with Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, and Gabriel all missing from Arsenal's central defense.
Source: espnfc.com
May 27 - 2:31 PM

Watford officially announced Marco Silva as the club's next manager on a two-year contract on Saturday.

The former Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon manager opted out of his contract at Hull City this week following the club's relegation and was expected to make the move back to Portugal to manage Porto. But after being impressed with his performance at Hull, Watford swooped in to sign the manager, the club's third in as many years. Said Silva: "The club want to improve for the next seasons and this is what I try to fight for in my career as well – to always improve, to do a good job and to ensure a good connection between the manager and the club. The ambition this club has is really important to me."
May 27 - 3:15 PM

Manchester City has wasted no time in reshaping its squad with the signing of Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva.

It's been a busy week at Manchester City, just days after the club secured its Champions League status with a fourth-place finish, as the Sky Blues released Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Willy Caballero. But just a day later, Guardiola pulled off a massive swoop for coveted 23-year-old Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva in a £43.6 million move on a five-year contract. The Portuguese international recorded 10 goals and 10 assists this season for Ligue 1 winners Monaco.
May 27 - 3:21 PM

West Ham announced its first signing of the summer with a move for Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta.

The long-time Manchester City defender left the Sky Blues after nine seasons, which included two Premier League titles, to join the Hammers on a two-year deal in a free transfer. The 32-year-old said he turned down offers from across Europe in order to remain in the Premier League and will now compete with Sam Byram for the starting right-back spot. ""Sometimes a new challenge is all you need as a person and as a player. I thought my time at City was done. It’s been a fantastic nine years, absolutely brilliant," Zabaleta said. :Manchester City gave me the opportunity to come to this wonderful league, the Premier League, something I’ve been enjoying a lot as a player and of course for me it was probably the right time to move on."
May 27 - 3:26 PM

There were a few notable omissions from Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of their international double header in June.

Captain Wayne Rooney has been left out for the upcoming games against Scotland and France because of the "good form" of other players, while contract rebel Ross Barkley, is apparently nursing a minor injury which he picked up on the final day at the Emirates. Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has not recovered from the calf strain which has kept him sidelined since the end of April, however, teammate Tom Heaton retains his place. Surprisingly, Jermain Defoe is one of four named strikers - Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford – join the Bournemouth bound 34-year-old. Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, who earned their first senior caps in March, have been selected for the Under-21s ahead of the European Championships in June.
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 4:38 AM

Danny Welbeck admits an ongoing foot problem has limited his game-time during the season the run-in.

Although his injury is not considered serious, the Arsenal forward revealed the niggling complaint makes it difficult to play matches in quick succession: "It's just a bruise on the bottom of my foot. So, any time I'm running on it, then I'm just repeatedly banging on the bruise," he said. The England international was reflecting on another injury hampered campaign, after knee surgery last year meant Welbeck had to wait until January before making his first Premier League appearance. He was restricted to just 8 league starts, the first of which didn’t come until March. "You do get your little niggles here and there, and it's something that you've got to cope with. But I feel like I've been handling it pretty well, and I've had no major reactions with my knees." Welbeck will compete with Olivier Giroud for a place in Saturdays FA Cup final side.
May 26 - 5:03 AM

Crystal Palace concluded a major piece of business by signing winger Wilfried Zaha to a contract extension.

Signing Zaha to a new deal was one of the club's highest priorities, which now includes finding a new manager following Sam Allardyce's abrupt resignation. But at least Steve Parish and company know that the 24-year-old is committed for the next five years through the 2022 season amid rumors he could leave for Spurs this summer. Said Zaha about the new deal: "Palace is in my heart and I don't think the story is over. I spoke with Steve and I think I still have more to give this Club. The supporters have been amazing and I want us to do more than just stay in the League next year. I would like to thank the Chairman for being a big part of my journey and his fellow owners for backing me and rewarding my progression. Let's do this!"
May 26 - 6:35 AM

Daley Blind will face an anxious summer ahead, but insisted that it is desire to remain at the club.

The Dutch international lined up against his old club Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, and rumors have swirled that Ajax are looking to bring him back to the club with just one year left on his current contract. But after making 23 appearances for United under Jose Mourinho, Blind hopes he has done enough to stay: "I don’t really know anything yet about my future. I haven’t really thought about it either. But which player wouldn’t want to stay at Manchester United? That’s the only thing I can say about it."
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 6:40 AM




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